Phillies’ First-Ever Yoga Day Rescheduled for Later This Month

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If you were one of the many Phillies fans more than bummed you wouldn’t get to Warrior II at Citizens Bank Park when the Phillies’ first-ever Yoga Day — a morning of yoga in the outfield with Maha Yoga, followed by an afternoon Phillies game — was postponed back in May, cheer up: The Phillies’ first-ever Yoga Day has been rescheduled for 9 a.m. on Sunday, June 26th. Read more »

5 Things You Need to Know About the Phillies’ Top Pick

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Last night, the Phillies selected Mickey Moniak with the first overall pick in the MLB Draft. Moniak is just 18, so it will likely be a long time before he makes it to the major leagues. But you can still get excited about him now!

Here are five things you should know about the Phillies’ first top pick in the draft since Pat Burrell in 1998: Read more »

Phillies Select Mickey Moniak with First Overall Pick in Draft

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Who’s the first pick in the draft and he was taken by Philly? M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-N-I-A-K.

Er, yes. The Phillies took La Costa Canyon High School outfielder Mickey Moniak with the first pick in the draft. He was considered a mid-round pick just a few months ago, but his strength, speed and defense rocketed him to the top of draft boards. He hit .476 this season.

The biggest knock on Moniak is his lack of power, but he says he believes he can improve it. He is just 18 and is listed between 6-foot-1 and 6-foot-3. Read more »

Police Investigating Beer Bottle Thrown at Ryan Howard

Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard (6) runs the bases after hitting a two RBI home run during the third inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citizens Bank Park. | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

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Police are investigating after a fan allegedly threw a beer bottle at Ryan Howard during Saturday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Howard alerted a security guard when an aluminum Bud Light Lime bottle landed near his feet during his walk back to the dugout – he’d just grounded out in the ninth inning, the Inquirer reports. Read more »

Only Phillies Player Who Can Hit Benched for Not Hustling

Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera.

Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera.

Odubel Herrera went 3-for-4 last night. But it was his only out of the game that made Phillies manager Pete Mackanin upset. That’s because Herrera — who grounded out to the Tigers pitcher, Justin Wilson — lolly-gagged it to first base.

Normally, it wouldn’t have mattered. But Wilson stumbled, and was just as lackadaisical throwing to first as Herrera was jogging to first. Wilson’s throw just beat Herrera, but if Herrera had run it out — he might’ve been safe.

It’s possible to think of it this way: If Herrera had hustled, Wilson would have as well. He would’ve been out no matter what. But Mackanin looked at it this way: Here was a player who needed to be benched. Herrera is the only hitter on the Phillies having a good season; to bench the only good hitter on the team in 2016 would be silly. But: If you wanted to teach a 24-year-old a lesson, this was a good time.

Mackanin did the latter. The Phillies lost. How should we take this? Read more »

The Phillies Are One of Baseball’s Best Teams — But for How Long?

Andres Blanco reacts in the dugout after scoring during the third inning of a May 18th game against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park.

Andres Blanco reacts in the dugout after scoring during the third inning of a May 18th game against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park.

The Phillies beat the Marlins, 4-2, on Wednesday night. It was the Phils’ fourth straight series win and improved their record to 24-17. If the season ended now — a popular refrain in stories about the surprising Phillies currently — they would be in the playoffs as the first Wild Card. They are 1.5 games ahead.

And, yet, they’ve been outscored this year. Though tied for sixth in baseball in wins, the Phillies are just 23rd in run differential. The Phillies’ opponents have outscored them by 28 runs this season.  Read more »

Can John Middleton Make the Phillies Champs Again?

John Middleton

John Middleton | Photograph by Chris Crisman

Standing in the sanctuary of Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, where blue bloods go to worship, John Middleton begins to cry. He has just looked up at a stained-glass window near the back, a small purple triangle with his father’s initials, too small to really be visible. Something else in the window is clear, though: a red P, perhaps three inches high — the logo of the Philadelphia Phillies. John’s father, Herbert, bought 15 percent of the team in 1993, for $18 million. Herb didn’t get to enjoy his Phils for very long — he dropped dead of a heart attack in 1998. Over the years, John chipped away as other team owners wanted to sell their stakes, and now he owns just shy of a majority of the Phillies, about 48 percent. His share is worth better than half a billion dollars. But none of that has anything to do with why John tears up.

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I Went to Every Phillies Game in April and It Was Great

Citizens Bank Park - April 2016

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When the Phillies return home tonight after a 10-game road trip, they’ll be playing their first home games since they swept Cleveland in a series that stretched from April into May. They’ll have rookie Tommy Joseph, who was promoted today, in the lineup for the first time. And it will be the first time this season I won’t be there.

This April, the Phillies were one of a few teams to offer a new gimmick: The Spring Pass. For just $50, you could get tickets to every April game besides Opening Day. I scored an Opening Day ticket on StubHub for $33, so that meant I paid about $6.38 a game to attend every Phillies game in April in the stands.

Here’s how the Spring Pass worked: For every game, you got a standing-room only ticket to gain access to the park. About an hour before the game, you click an option in the app to “claim” seats. Where these are depend on how crowded the game is. For some cold weeknight games in early April, I sat in the lower levels in the outfield. At the Sunday game that was the Phillie Phanatic’s birthday, I was banished to the 400 level. Mostly, I sat in the 300 level. Read more »

You Can Buy This Photo of Jim Fregosi and Richard Nixon

Jim Fregosi and Richard Nixon

Richard Nixon meets former Phillies manager Jim Fregosi. (Courtesy Worthridge Auctions and Retail)

Jim Fregosi was the manager of the Phillies’ pennant-winning 1993 team. Now, you can get a signed photo Richard Nixon gave him.

That’s just one of the items Fregosi’s estate put up for auction at Worthridge Auctions and Retail, a North Carolina auction house. Fregosi died in February 2014. Read more »

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